Ann Anon Wrote:
Oct 05, 2012 12:12 PM
I thought the words translated hell referred to either the hill side where garbage and unclaimed bodies were tossed to burn up or else to the common grave of mankind. I know that the Irish and others used to keep potatoes buried in the ground for natural refridgeraton, it was known as sending the potatoes to hell. At any rate, how could any mother be happy in heaven with a child in hell burning for all eternity? Doesn't work for me. Plus in the old testament God goes on rampages over the sacrificing of children in fire to pagan gods. He says the idea would never come up in his mind to do that. I have heard it suggested that the idea of hell was invented to pry more donations out of frightened parishioners.